Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Mali from October 25 to 26. He will be received by Transitional President of Mali Bah N’daou and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane, and will meet with his counterpart, Zeini Moulaye, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The minister will take stock of the recent positive developments in the transition process in Mali that should lead to the holding of credible elections and the restoration of constitutional order. He will reaffirm France’s readiness to continue its commitment alongside Mali in this critical phase in order to initiate the reforms that the Malian population has long been calling for, notably the strengthening of governance, the fight against impunity and the revision of the electoral framework, while maintaining the commitment to address the security challenges. France is determined to continue, alongside our Sahel partners, the joint fight against terrorism by implementing the strategy set out in Pau.
This visit will provide an opportunity to reaffirm our attachment to the implementation of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali resulting from the Algiers Process, an issue that will also be discussed with the signatory groups. It will also be aimed at continuing the momentum generated at the summits in Pau and Nouakchott, backed by international mobilization in support of the region within the framework of the Coalition for the Sahel. Several French Development Agency (AFD) agreements will be signed during this visit worth more than €140 million, in the areas of infrastructure, water, social policy and women’s empowerment.